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Hi I'm Caitlin

I am a dancer, a massage therapist, a mother and I am Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Redmond, WA in November 1983. I grew up in a small city called Mercer Island in Washington State. I love Washington! Even though it is really wet and rainy and gray here most the year, the gorgeous Seattle summer and fall make it worth it. I have one older sister who lives up the hill from me with her husband and two kids. My younger brother lives at home in Issaquah. When I was about 16 or 17 years old I started to realize what I wanted to do for my career. I wanted to be a healer, I wanted to help people. I went to massage school in Salt Lake City in 2003 after High School graduation and after that I came home started working here as a massage therapist. In 2004 I met the man of my dreams. Mr. Hancock. We were married in 2005 in the Seattle temple and now have two beautiful children a boy and a girl. I am so thankful for all of my blessings and trials. Life is truly beautiful!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born a member of the church, I have questioned and studied and prayed numerous times to make sure this was the right place for me to be. I have listened to the prophets and my teachers counsel as it says in the scriptures to ask God if these things are not true. By the power of the Spirit (Holy Ghost) you may know the truth of all things. I did this I prayed and received a personal witness that this is the true church of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. They are one in purpose and although there are many wonderful people around the world worshiping in good places, this church is true because it has a fullness of the truth and saving ordinances. This is the only way to have eternal families and the only way to live with Heavenly Father again receiving all that he has. I am so thankful to be Mormon it brings so much joy and a great sense of purpose to my life. I can't imagine life without it, nor would I want to. I love my savior and his church. I cannot wait to share this with those around me and especially teach my children about it.

How I live my faith

Everyday I realize more and more about how important it is to constantly nourish my faith. Everyday, like a seedling or a tiny plant I need to take care of it to make sure it stays strong and grows. Thus helping me to learn, grow and progress. I find that the best way to do this is by studying the words of Christ and his prophets in the scriptures and other church materials. I also try to surround my self with uplifting people and good, clean types of media. This helps strengthen my faith in Christ because I am worthy and my mind is prepared to hear the whisperings of the spirit which guide me in my life decisions and help me to learn more about what Christ has in store for me. This continually strengthens my faith in Christ and my Heavenly Father.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Caitlin
Jesus Christ when he was on the Earth set up his church. The Priesthood/Gospel was taken from the earth when the apostles were all killed/died called the "Apostasy". Joseph Smith was called in 1830 to restore that which was lost. Fulfilling the prophecy that there "needed to be a restitution of all things". The same Church organization is now called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints many people call us Mormons because of one of the prophets in the Book of Mormon. The Priesthood/Gospel was taken from the earth when the apostles were all killed/dies "Apostasy". Joseph Smith was called in 1830 to restore that which was lost. Fulfilling the prophecy that there "needed to be a restitution of all things". Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Caitlin
Death is definitely NOT the end. Which I am so thankful for. We either go to a Spirit world or to a place called Paradise. People who received the gospel and were baptized into Christ's church by someone having authority in this life, go to Paradise to wait to be judged according to the work and deeds in life and to be rejoined with their resurrected (renewed) bodies. If you didn't have the opportunity to accept the gospel in this life than you have the opportunity to learn more about it in the Spirit World and will have the opportunity to accept it there as you are waiting to be resurrected. Thanks to our Savior Jesus Christ we will all live again. We also believe in being forever joined to our families or "sealed" through certain ordinances performed in God's temples (as done anciently in the bible). This means marriage is eternal and so are families. When we die we are not separated from our families forever but will be with them again. This cannot happen unless we are sealed in temples by those having authority and who have the priesthood. After judgment Christ will decide where we are to live eternally. We will either go to the telestial kingdom, the terrestrial kingdom, or the highest, Celestial Kingdom. This is where we live with eternal families, live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and continue to progress. This is kind of an abridged version of what we believe happens after we die. For more info on it search Mormon.org Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Caitlin
Eternal life is so much more than just living forever. It means living in a state of joy and happiness with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, as well as our families. Eternal life is available to everyone but it is rewarded through obedience to God's commandments and the ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Caitlin
We attend Church at our ward buildings every Sunday. We also use these buildings for sports activities, potlucks and other social events during the week. We attend a sacrament meeting where priesthood holders bless and pass bread and water that we partake of that are symbols of Christ's atonement and sacrifice on the cross for us. After this meeting we have Sunday School and individual classes for Men, Women. The Children attend Primary where they sing gospel songs about Christ and learn lessons all together. The temple is a sacred, holy building we attend whenever we want during the week to go and do service work for those who have passed on. The temple is also where we are sealed to our spouses or married for all eternity. This place is very different from our ward buildings where we attend weekly church meetings and this place is full of peace, calm and brings many blesssings. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Caitlin
No. Worthy men are definitely encouraged to serve full time missions and women are allowed to as well but encouraged to focus on education and marriage so they can start their families. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Caitlin
Yes of course. However we do believe that it was mistranslated over the years and so as long as it is translated correctly we believe it is the word of God and we study them regularly just like the Book of Mormon and our other scriptures it is part of our "Standard Works" Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Caitlin
Joseph Smith was a prophet of God just like Moses or Isaiah. At the young age of 14 he felt inspired to kneel in a grove of trees and ask in faith which of the many churches that claimed to be true was the true church of Jesus Christ. God the father and his Son Jesus Christ appeared to him in a vision. Jesus Christ told Joseph that none of the churches were His church. Joseph Smith helped restore the church of Jesus Christ on the Earth. He had a very difficult mission but was strengthened by the lord to accomplish what was commanded of him. I'm very thankful for Joseph Smith and all he did for this church and for all of us. Because of his mission on earth we can know how to gain eternal life through our Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm thankful for the restored gospel and that we have the priesthood (authority to act in God's name) once again on the earth! Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Caitlin
The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived. It is a book like unto the Bible. It doesn't replace the bible but adds to it, giving us more knowledge. It was not written by Joseph Smith but by many prophets who lived on the American continent anciently. These prophets knew about Heavenly Father's plan for us and a fullness of Jesus Christ's gospel. Jesus Christ visited these people on the American continent after he finished his ministry on the earth. The Book of Mormon finishes with a promise to those who read it that if they read it and sincerely pray about its truthfulness, they can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). I know the words contained in this book are true! It is the most valuable book on earth. Show more Show less